The 22nd Annual Peace Fair takes place on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at the historic Buckingham Friends Meetinghouse in Lahaska, just west of Peddlers Village. Local crafts, artwork, food, games, animals and Bucks area non-profits whose focus is peace, community service, healthy living and the environment. Browse the book sale and listen to entertainers Tookany Creek (bluegrass band), Ecoman (kids’ songs), and River Drivers (Celtic folk). Hear Bucks and Montgomery County poet laureates at the Poetry Reading and tour the 250 year old Quaker Meetinghouse, a National Landmark. The fair runs from 10:30am until 4:00pm and is handicap accessible. Admission and parking are free to the public, although donations are gratefully accepted Local residents from toddlers to seniors will enjoy a delightful, engaging and uplifting day at the Peace Fair.
Peace & Justice
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Jan 27, 2022, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: “Grassroots Green Energy and Sustainability” Quakers For Peace and Justice SeriesRegister in advance for this webinar:
Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS) and the Clean Energy Cooperative were birthed in a rural county of northeastern PA. The information and challenges these organizations faced will resonant with small towns as well as larger communities. SEEDS and the Clean Energy Co-op will present information on energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable living, and mustering community financial resources.
SEEDS podcast “Today’s Main Ingredient: Bringing Farm Food to Your Table” consists of 15-minute programs, focusing on local farms and businesses.
Services provided by SEEDS include virtual and physical community forums and workshops, free residential and nonprofit energy assessments, solar site assessments, and environmental education.The Clean Energy Cooperative Inc. is a member-owned, separate legal entity that ‘spun-out’ from SEEDS in 2014, with members throughout PA and elsewhere, that finances and develops clean energy projects for community-based businesses and non-profits. Four commercial solar projects have been completed to date, including one named the 2016 “National Best Community Renewable Energy Project” by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. The Co-op, SEEDS, and other partners just received a 2021 Northeast PA Environmental Partnership Award for their public-private partnership that installed solar on a Wayne County government-owned building.
Kathy Dodge (Chair @Sustainable Energy Education and Development)
Kathy is one of the founding members of SEEDS, holding leadership positions from 2008 until the present. She thinks that SEEDS is one of the most inspiring groups she has ever worked with.
She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a MA from Marywood University. She moved to Wayne County in 1972 to work as staff illustrator at Highlights for Children Magazine. She lives on an old farm in Lake Ariel with husband Pete Snyder where they raised two sons, and continue to raise most of their own food. They have solar power, an all-electric vehicle, and a geothermal system.
Christine (Chris) Weigand (President @Clean Energy Co-op)
Chris is a retired math teacher. She enjoys yoga and outdoor recreation. Chris has had a long-time interest in environmental and social justice issues and has been involved in a variety of local organizations including Audubon, SEEDS, Victims Intervention Program and WJFF radio.
Jack Barnett (Board Member @Clean Energy Co-op)
After a nearly 30 year career in the telecommunications industry, Jack is now an advocate for sustainability, local foods, solar, zero net-energy buildings and electric vehicles; and is past chair of a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society. His on-going project is a super-insulated, solar home and garden near Hawley, PA, owned with his wife, Mary Anne Carletta. Jack is also a board member of SEEDS, and has taken over 100 hours of solar technology and installation courses and volunteered at multiple solar PV job sites. Jack holds Electrical and Computer Engineering degrees from Clemson University and Carnegie Mellon University.
Michele Sands (Founder of SEEDS @Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support)
Member North Branch Religious Society of Friends; founding member SEEDS and Clean Energy Co-op. Principal, Fair Hill Farm, Tyler Hill 1997-2020. Currently residing in Collington Continuing Care Retirement Community near Washington DC.
Michele will provide background on how the work of these organizations relates to Quaker beliefs.
Join us for a presentation by Shamele Jordan regarding The Lawnside-Haddonfield Connection. We will start with the beginnings. What is the origin story for the two towns and their early connections? Then we will move to the modern era. What was it like to live and grow up being African American in Haddonfield? Then we will move to Now and the Future. What can we do to foster meaningful connections between the communities?
Jordon is a professional genealogist, lecturer, writer and podcaster (Genealogy on Demand). Her professional background includes being a researcher for the PBS series Oprah’s Roots: African American Lives I and II, a NJ State Library grant recipient, researching Civil War Burials in Lawnside, NJ; former president of the African American Genealogy Group in Philadelphia, past board member of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, faculty at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Athens, GA, and a workshop volunteer at the Family History Center in Cherry Hill, NJ
This online program is presented by Haddonfield Friends Meeting. To pre-register and receive the zoom information one day before the program please use this link:
On Thursday, January 20, at 7:30pm, join Moorestown Friends Meeting’s Anti-Racism Committee members Emilie and Lilla as they share some insights on one of the 20th century’s great leaders, and the movements he helped lead. All are welcome; click here or call 646-558-8656 and enter meeting ID 873 3565 8140 to join the conversation.
Join Moorestown Meeting’s Anti-Racism Committee for a ‘rap session’ about hidden biases and how we’re personally working to identify and change them on Thursday, January 6 at 7:30pm. The Implicit Association Test helps reveal thought patterns of which you might not be aware — there are ten-minute tests for race, religion, gender roles, age and more. Bring your questions, concerns, IAT results, New Year’s resolutions, success stories – or just your active listening skills – and click here or phone 646-558-8656 and use meeting ID 815 8781 6369 to be part of the conversation.
We all know our brains can surprise us – one way is by harboring biases without our conscious awareness. Prof. Shaun Wiley, a specialist in group identity and intergroup relations, joins us to discuss how we can identify implicit bias, and whether we can change it. We recommend spending ten minutes to take the Race Implicit Association Test here – and others if you’re interested (maybe Religion?).
You might also enjoy this short article about how group structures affect bias.
Whether you have a chance to explore these resources or not, we hope you’ll click here or call 646-558-8656 and enter meeting ID 873 3565 8140 to join the conversation with the Anti-Racism Committee.
Lancaster Monthly Meeting and Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness are presenting a talk by Jonathan Kuttab, author of “Beyond the Two-State Solution,” at the Lancaster Friends Meetinghouse on Thursday, December 9th, at 7:00pm. Jonathan is a cofounder of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq and cofounder of Nonviolence International. You can attend in person, view on Zoom, or watch on Facebook Live. Register at https://bit.ly/3CCSt0i. The current Palestinian-Israeli situation is untenable and calls for fresh ideas. We present this discussion as a part of the ongoing conversation about ways to move forward. Questions? Call Joe DiGarbo at 717-203/4274 or email at email@example.com.
PYM’s Natalie Clifford Barney Fund provides grants to organizations providing family planning, specifically planned parenthood and birth control. Over the course of winter 2021, members of the Quaker Buildings & Programs granting group met several times to discern an impactful use of the funds today.